Monday 12th April 2021

Venue: Online

7.00pm – 8.30pm BST

All fans of Jane Austen everywhere believe themselves to be best friends with the beloved author and this bookshines a light on what it meant to be exactly that. Jane Austen’s Best Friend; The Life and Influence of Martha Lloyd offers a unique insight into Jane’s private inner circle. Through this heart-warming examination of an important and often overlooked person in Jane’s world, we uncover the life changing force of their friendship.

Each chapter details the fascinating facts and friendship forming qualities that tied Jane and Martha together. Within these pages we will relive their shared interests, the hits and misses of their romantic love lives, their passion for shopping and fashion, their family histories, their lucky breaks and their girly chats. This book offers a behind the scenes tour of the shared lives of a fascinating pair and the chance to deepen our own bonds in ‘love and friendship’ with them both.

Join us in conversation with Zöe Wheddon, author of the newly released ‘Jane Austen’s Best Friend: The Life and Influence of Martha Lloyd’. The pre-recorded interview will be followed by a live Q&A on Zoom.

About Zöe Wheddon

A native of Jane Austen’s beloved county of Hampshire, Zöehas been married to Matt, (a stationery salesman, who keeps her supplied with post-it notes and gorgeous notebooks) for 30 years. They live in a North Hampshire village, on the outskirts of the town that they both grew up in, with their three grown up children and cat Princess Leia.

Tickets £5

This is an online event. Ticket holders will be emailed links to access the interview on YouTube and the live Q&A on Zoom straight afterwards. The interview, pre-recorded to ensure quality, will premier on YouTube at 7pm but will be available to watch for those with the link afterwards.